A "tour de force" performer (Aspen Times), percussionist Joe Bricker (b. 1997, Evanston, IL), is currently enrolled at the Juilliard School, studying under Greg Zuber. He regularly performs with Juilliard's ensembles including the Juilliard Orchestra, AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, and more. As a highly sought after freelance musician, he has performed with groups such as Blue Man Group, the Lakeview Orchestra, and Third Coast Percussion in addition to several others. He is the proud recipient of the 2017 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship.
Joe made his concerto debut with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra under Robert Hasty (Northwestern University), and has since won numerous awards and accolades from the Aspen Music Festival (Solo Competition Winner, 2016), National Young Artists Foundation (2015), National Public Radio's "From the Top!" (2015), and WFMT's "Introductions" (2015). During the summers he has studied at the Pacific and Aspen Music Festivals.
Joe has worked with notable conductors Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, Itzhak Perlman, and more. As an advocate of new music, Joe has premiered pieces by composers such as Bryce Dessner, Ben Wahlund, Gabriel Prokofiev, Stefano Gervasoni, nearly one-hundred students, and adapted works for solo percussion by Aleksandr Scriabin and Steve Reich. He has performed with flutist Carol Wincenc and cellist Colin Carr at Carnegie Hall, pianist Arie Vardi at the Aspen Music Festival, and has performed in halls around the world, such as Carnegie, the Kennedy Center, Chicago's Symphony Center, Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, Sapporo's Kitara Hall, and numerous others.
As an educator, Joe is currently a recipient of a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship from the Juilliard School's Office of Community Engagement. He was worked with their Music Advancement Program, Pre-College Division, and has taught lessons and given outreach concerts through the People's Music School (an El Sistema program) and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Pathways program in Chicago. In the spring of 2015, He curated a series of Very Young People's concerts for the District 65 school system in Evanston, Illinois, in an effort to boost instrumental participation across the district. He has presented masterclasses for young students at the Aspen Music Festival and at Evanston Township High School.